FANCP Grand Opening Event
Posted on 06/22/2021
FANCP Exec. Director Nicole Hanlon and Conservation Agent Jane PierceFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 22, 2021

Foxborough Art and Nature Conservation Passport’s Grand Opening
The Foxborough Art and Nature Conservation Passport (FANCP) is having its kickoff event at Lane Homestead and Learning Center on North Street in Foxborough this Saturday, June 26. Members of the public are invited to visit from 10:00 am-12:00 pm to meet the artists, do activities at Lane Learning Center, and explore Lane property utilizing the Passport! The Passport features scenic watercolors of each location, observational and trivia questions to answer, and a place for the budding conservation enthusiast to make field notes about their time visiting one of Foxborough’s great conservation areas.

Funded by the Foxborough Cultural Council and Partners in Patriotism, the FANCP is a way to show you are a “fan” of conservation. With a creative twist the project is increasing awareness of both the conservation areas of Foxborough and the artists who are inspired to create in these natural spaces. Utilizing the print or electronic versions the public can independently explore the five areas and once completed all the sites they will receive a certificate as FANs of Conservation from the Town of Foxborough’s Conservation Commission.

During the pandemic, founder of FANCP, Nicole Vachon-Hanlon, began looking for more places to hike and explore in nature. As an artist she found inspiration in the outdoors and solace as well. She discovered that Foxborough has over 2,000 acres of conservation lands and open spaces. This inspired the idea that created the Foxborough Art and Nature Conservation Passport.  With initial concerns of contact and Covid, the Foxborough Cultural Council proposal was for an electronic scavenger hunt accessed through QR code on 5 properties: Lane Homestead, Kersey Point, Sallie Property, Greeley Pond/ Canoe River Watershed and Harold B. Clark Town Forest. Explorers will be thanked with a video of artists who are from the Foxborough area and have been inspired by nature to create.  Artists include The Elite Dance Company, Simba Simdaca, Alison Kellom, Lizanne Donegan, Brian Doherty, Krisanthi Pappas, Courtney Robertson and Teddy Jouret.

This project would not have been possible without the support and contributions from the Partners in Patriotism, Alison Kellom, the Town of Foxborough’s Conservation Agent Jane Pierce, Conservation Commission’s Bob Boette and Judi Johnson, Boyden Library’s Young Adult Librarian Jessica Henderson, Community Information Specialist Christina Metcalf, and Ryan Norton from the Department of Public Works. Nicole was the creative force behind the passport that will be available at the grand opening and later at the Boyden Library and Town Hall.  The printed version features artwork by Alison Kellom and Nicole Vachon Hanlon. 

The Boyden Library is also joining the FANCP effort by collaborating to provide outdoor guided scavenger hunt hikes on the following days:
Tuesday, June 22 -11 a.m. at Lane Learning Center
Tuesday, July 6 - 11 a.m. at Kersey Point 
Tuesday, July 13 - 11 a.m.  at Sallie Property
Tuesday, August 3- 11 am at Greeley Pond
Tuesday, August 10 - 11 a.m. at Harold B Clark

For any further information or comment on FANCP, please contact Executive Director of FANCP Nicole Vachon Hanlon at Nicole_Vachon@yahoo.com or via phone at 276-698-9999.

We can’t wait for you to join us in celebrating the conservation of art and nature in a natural space.